I got no bragging rights this year. My garden is doing terribly.
I don't know if it's because Northern California has been shrouded in weeks of smoky air, but apart from a couple of cherry tomatoes and the ever-reliable squash and zucchini — zilch. Well, no, wait. We've harvested some cucumbers. And a jalapeño or two.
The eggplant might be a dud. The two artichoke plants died in the front yard.
Oh, I just remembered we pulled out some yummy potatoes, so it's not total lameness. There was a little mâche, until it succumbed to sunburn. And we're still eating onions planted last fall.
But, even so!
One whole tomato plant turned yellow and bit the dust completely. Another has (and this is late July!!) only two small greenlings in evidence.
Even the zucchini have been plagued by slugs and some odd blossom-end shriveling.
Ah, but the good old crook-neck squash.
Quite a beauty.